Snack food or junk food?

During my years as a managing editor, the greatest challenge I faced wasn’t the corporate bosses or the union organizers — it was the cafeteria vending machine. One night while we were working on a breaking story, Alphonse rushed into the newsroom and yelled, “I HAVE A MAJOR CRISIS!” “What’s ...

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Take time to find A Most Violent Year

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in A Most VIolent Year.

The realities of the movie business dictate that some films get a lot of attention while others are overlooked, some get nominated for awards while others are snubbed, and some play in many theaters while others fight for attention in DVD packages and on-demand schedules. J.C. Chandor’s A Most ...

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Favorite movie couples for Valentine’s weekend

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in 'Adam's Rib.'

On this Valentine’s Day weekend, broadcast and cable television offers some memorable visits with a few of our favorite movie couples. Take a look. Titanic (1996) Yes, it won all the Oscars and made a lot of money. But, years later, Titanic still seems an unlikely victor over the critically ...

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Mr. Carson: My arbiter in all things

Whenever I have an etiquette problem and can’t remember if the fork should go on the left or on the right, or if it’s proper to put my feet on the table before or after dinner, I turn to the true arbiters of good taste … Downton Abbey. No Emily Post or Martha Stewart for... Read More

A special treat for Valentine’s Day

Romantic Sea Scallops in Vanilla Cream Sauce.

Valentine’s Day is almost here again and Judy and I love doing something special for our families. Whether it is with chocolates, “I love you” cards for the hubbies or flowers for Mom and the girls, our favorite thing is a quiet meal shared together. For breakfast we will serve up some red ...

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Suspense so thick, you can’t see through it

Trish Perry and Alexandra Petrova in a scene from ‘Dead Guilty’ at the Clockwork Repertory Theatre.

Dead Guilty by Richard Harris, now at Clockwork Repertory Theatre, Oakville, comes close to rivaling Stephen King’s Misery. Directed by Susan P. Pantely, this spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat murder mystery is a Grade A psychological thriller. It focuses on a young graphic artist, Julia ...

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Still Alice explores the impact of Alzheimer’s disease

Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice.'

For any family touched by Alzheimer’s disease, the impact is severe, the outcome inevitable, and the loss profound. How tragic when the connection to memory severs; how devastating to watch a loved one slip away while wanting to help so much. Still Alice thoughtfully explores how this ...

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